RIPE AND READY. TOMATOES ARE SUMMER’S GIFT.

Now that July is here, I’m pretty sure, or at least I hope, your tomato plans are now producing those ripe and ready jewels of summer. Hopefully, your crop is handling this heat and lack of rain the past several days, and your crop is looking its best. I’m the first to admit that I love nothing more than a tomato sandwich. Slices of red, ripe and juicy tomatoes, smeared with mayonnaise (has to be Duke’s) and sprinkled with salt and pepper, on some very lightly toasted bread. Nothing beats that first tomato sandwich of the year!

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PLANT OF THE WEEK – Delicious Candy Coneflower

I’ll eagerly admit that I’m a huge fan of coneflowers. I love the color and height they bring to a landscape, especially if you tend to enjoy a cottage style landscape. And they’re an all season flower, too. If you leave them uncut during the winter, you’ll give those birds a nice little snack to discover during those oh so cold months. I always try to think about the animals when I’m selecting

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PLANT OF THE WEEK – WIZARD OF AHHS MAGIC SHOW VERONICA

If you’ve been walking around your neighborhood, and noticed a big splash of purple what you may have seen is a new Veronica variety. Wizard of Ahhs. It’s part of a popular collection of Veronica knows as the Magic Show. Bonus points for this variety is that it is one of the earliest Veronica to bloom. This plant produces thick spikes of voilet blue flowers that cover the top half of a low, wide growth habit. Reaching heights of 14 to 16″, you can expect this one to spread between 18 to 22″. 

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PLANT OF THE WEEK – SUMMER BERRIES YARROW

One thing about the landscaping business is that it certainly is BUSY this time of year. Lots of people in the industry call March, April and May the 100 Days of Hell. And with good reason. It’s hard to catch your breath, much less keep up with your blog. But with all the color popping out everywhere, I was reminded that I need to get back to sharing some of my favorite plants.

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

If you haven’t added Weigela to your landscape, we have to wonder ‘Why Not?’ One of our favorites is Minuet Weigela. Both the foliage and flowers will add a lovely splash of color to your spring garden. The incredible display of rosy-pink blooms against a backdrop of purple-tinged foliage mixes fantastically in a shrub border, but it also works well anywhere else as a colorful garden accent. 

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

This week we’ve chosen the Regal Empress Clematis. Every mailbox, every fence post, every porch rail deserves a splash of color and drama. This prolific, compact climber offers large, double flowers in shades of pink over a long season. It’s important to add beautiful vertical interest to any garden fence or trellis. A great choice for a container or left to ramble through shrub beds. This clematis variety enjoys life in full or partial sunlight. It enjoys a nice drink at least once a week, but if it’s super hot you might want to give it a little more refreshment. This climber can reach heights of 4 to 6 feet and can span 2 to 3 feet, but it will need some support. It has an especially long bloom season and blooms in both spring and fall. If you love the style of cottage gardening, then this vine is the perfect choice for you.

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

This week we’re celebrating the Dream Catcher Flowering Cherry. This tree is categorized by its Large, single, clear pink flowers that cover its upright branches that expose dark green foliage. Fall brings orange-red to purple foliage color. A choice for a specimen tree for small yards, group plantings or as a street tree. It can grow up to 25′ tall and 15′ wide. Easy to care for, the birds love to hang out in this beautiful tree. 

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Plant of the Week

Since this is our FIRST “Plant of the Week” post, I selected an early spring bloomer to get you into gardening mode. The Show Off Forsythia is a new compact selection that gives a stunning display compared to some of the older forsythia varieties. Its early spring blooms fill its branches with bright yellow color in early spring. It has lovely dark green foliage that provides visual interest all season long. Planted as a short hedge or in mixed borders or even as a foundation plant, it produces blooms that work well as a cut flower.  

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